Susi Linton

Susi Linton (nee Braun) was born in Berlin in 1920 to parents from Berlin and Stargard (Danzig). Her father had one brother, who had 3 children. Her father was traditional and he became a teacher. He served in WWI. Her mother was the youngest of 3 sisters. They came from a very comfortable family and had a traditional upbringing. Her parents married in 1919 and Susi was the only child. They lived in the Hansaviertel area of Berlin in a first floor apartment on Levetzow Strasse. She had a very happy childhood and she and her parents mixed well with their non Jewish neighbours. Her father belonged to the Odd Fellows and Susi attended a German Jewish Youth Group. She attended the Kleist Lyceum near Levetzow Strasse. She was aware of the burning of the Reichstag. With the Hitler's seizure of power she describes the worsening of the Jewish situation leading to her being expelled from school, her father receiving notice and having to leave their apartment. Her father took a position with the largest Jewish Old Aged Home in Berlin and they were given an apartment there. Susi went on a domestic training course. Whilst on holiday in 1937 she met someone who introduced her to her brother and the two fell in love. 

In 1938 she witnessed the burning of the shul near them and her parents decided they must take steps to send her away. Her father was friendly with Rosenthal the head of the Jewish Community and he gave them application forms to send Susi to England as a domestic. She gained a place at a Liverpool Domestic College for one month and left Germany on 17 April 1939. She travelled via Ostend to Dover to London, where she was met by a representative of Bloomsbury House. They put her in a boarding house until the date for her departure to Liverpool. 

She was well received in Liverpool and after a month was placed as a housekeeper in the house of a vicar in Liverpool. She was accepted as one of the family and enjoyed working there. She kept in touch with them until they died. Soon after the outbreak of war she had to leave Liverpool since she was an enemy alien and she came to Manchester. She was well received by the Refugee Committee who placed her with a Jewish family on Waterpark Rd. There she was treated like a skivvy and was made to eat scraps alone on the kitchen. After 8 weeks she complained to the Refugee Committee, who place with a second and then third Jewish family. Each time was the same poor treatment. She found no sympathy or understanding. 

She then applied to the Refugee Committee to let her train in nursing. They found her a place to do nursing in South Manchester. Each weekend she went to Kershaw House where she made many friends. On qualifying in 1942/3 the committee found her a job with a Jewish family in South Manchester and she was very happy there. She stayed with them until after the war when they moved to Southport. Susi then took a job with Manchester Corporation Day Nursery and she took a flat in Whalley Range. Then she was offered a position in Lymm with the Delamere Home for Children and went there in Jan 1949. In the meantime she met her husband at a dance and by June 1949 they were married. He came from Bavaria and was 10 years older than her. They married at the Great Synagogue and a friend paid for a dinner for friends afterwards. 

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